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The Far River

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For as long as anyone could remember, the Schallers and the Newmans had been enemies. When the skeletal remains of a victim of foul play are discovered at the Schaller estate, a decades-old feud between the rival winemaking families is reignited and dark secrets begin to see the light of day. Set against the lush backdrop of the rolling hills of California's Central Coast, ...more
Published March 27th 2018 by Turner
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
In 1977 Colleen McCullough took the reading world by storm with the publication of her epic doomed family saga/romance, "The Thorn Birds," a book that resulted in readers clamoring for more family sagas. Barbara Wood was one of my top authors to recommend to library patrons, especially "Domina," the historical saga of a woman doctor. Over the years family sagas fell out of favor but Wood remained true to the genre and her latest did not disappoint.

“The Far River,” follows a family that
Mauri Baumann
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I love Barbara Wood's books. This one did not disappoint. It was an interesting history of the wine country and immigrants to California.
Reeca Elliott
This is a family saga. It spans decades of lies, deceit, grudges and love, like only a good family saga can do. The story starts with a bang. The finding of skeletal remains behind a wall at the winery opens many questions. Who is it? Who put the body there? "What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."
It rotates between two narrators, Clara and her great, great granddaughter, Nicole. I enjoyed these strong willed women. Clara especially, she is a tough lady determined to
Vi ~ Inkvotary
3,5 stars
Nicole wants nothing more but to go away from what her family has built over the past century. But leaving the only home shes ever known isnt easy. Especially not when the remains of a person were found in one of the buildings that belong to her estate. She is forced to stay as long as the investigation is ongoing and all she can do is hope that the buyers wont lose their interest.

Barbara Wood writes in a soft tone. It was a nice read, but what I didnt like was the fact, that the
Nathan Albright
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2018
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Edelweiss/Ingram Publisher Services.]

I was unable to finish this book due to technical problems relating to hard drive failure and the fact that the book expired. This is not a reflection of any failure on the part of the novelist herself, as this book is about 450 pages long and is a classic example of literary fiction [1] dealing with generations of a dysfunctional family marked by violence and estrangement. Those who want to read a gripping tale
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Long Held Secrets and Murder in the California Wine Country

A family saga starts in Germany and moves to the wine country of California. The Schallers and the Newmans are part of a group of German settlers who immigrate to California in the early 1900s. As a whole, the group prospers and in the present day, the town they founded, in addition to making wine, is a tourist attraction.

Nicole Schaller is the last descendant of the original Schaller family. She’s torn. She loves the valley and the
Nan Williams
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: soap opera lovers
Shelves: no-more
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a book by Barbara Wood, but she used to be one of my favorite authors. This book does not live up to my memories of her historical novels, but it was nice to see that she is still writing.

This was a family saga spanning 100 years in the fictitious Largo River wine growing region of California, near Santa Barbara. The main family was from Germany and immigrated with a group of other Germans who settled in the same valley. The story follows all these
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Wood tells a family saga that is full of deceit, anger and estrangement. We follow the families from the time they emigrate to America from Germany to the present day when the family feud is still strong in the young generation. This is a sweeping saga of wine and family in California.

The Schallers and the Newmans are part of a group of German settlers who immigrate to California in the early 1900s. Two brothers and one wife come to America with the plans of growing grapes and starting a
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Barbara has long been one of my top 10 favorite Authors, so I'm always extremely eager to read her newest offering and this was no exception. I relished the easy flow between the early 20th century through to current time and appreciated learning about the journey of German immigrants pre World War I to the US and the incredible amount of perseverance and courage in not only beginning life in a new country and culture but starting a vineyard. I enjoyed the 20th-century Narrator more than I did ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At 422 pages, The Far River, by Barbara Wood is longer than most books I read. It was worth reading though, because it ended up being one of my all time favorites! This book follows the two Scaller brothers--Wilhelm and Johann-- who leave Germany in 1912, settle in California, have families and continue to operate wineries in the present. The main characters in this book are well developed and easy to imagine. I especially liked Clara. I live in Northern CA, and my grandfather came to CA from ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klasická rodinná sága v jedné knize. Napínavý příběh dvou znepřátelených rodů, klenoucí se od začátku 20. století do současnosti, do něhož zlehka promlouvají i historické události - obě války, hospodářská krize, stávky mexických dělníků... Hlavním plusem románu jsou samozřejmě postavy a jejich propletené vztahy, a pak tajemství, které se čtenáři odhalí až v závěrečných stránkách. Nic světoborného, ale velmi čtivá kniha, kterou zhltnete za dva dny, a pokud se vám bude líbit (stejně jako mně), ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Far River... this book has it all - immigration to America, deceit, love triangles, murder, death, friendship, wineries, migrant workers rights. This multigenerational tale of a German family starting a new life in California, relocating their wine industry, and encountering a family feud, spans so many family issues and the characters experience similar situations throughout each generation. The family hates without reason because it has been that way for years. Well researched and ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I used to read Barbara Wood's books about 20 years ago and stumbled upon this one at the library. I enjoyed this one, immigrant story combined with family drama and a murder. A special connection for me was that the immigrants came from Germany, nice details about the culinary specialities.
Jenifer Greenwell
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I won this book in a giveaway from Turner Publishing Company. A good read, if not a bit too wordy. I found some of the descriptions redundant (some exactly the same in different parts of the book), and that this made the story drag on a bit. More of a soap opera style of book than I normally read, but it was a solid story with good surprises. A multi-generation saga that I enjoyed.
Hélène Lambert
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dans la lignée des sagas qu’on lisait dans les années 80, par exemple «L’espace d’une vie», de Barbara Taylor Bradford. Ici, on suit les joies et les malheurs de la famille Schalke, ayant émigré de l’Allemagne vers la Californie en 1912 jusqu’à leurs descendants aujourd’hui.
Je l’ai lu en français: Fleuve lointain.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good family saga
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. The past to the present was well told.
The mystery that was involved was well developed and good ending.
Lynne Levandowski
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another exceptional Barbara Wood literary achievement.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara Wood was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools. After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous ...more
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